The internet has given us lots of things to be thankful for. Viewing hilarious animal videos can now be done with the help of YouTube, while Facebook has brought us together. The growth is obvious and it is definitely happening at the most appropriate time. I am sure when you hear Twitter, you feel you know all there is to know about it, let me shock you with our list of 20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Twitter:
1. Its Original Name Was “Twttr”
Companies take in several ideas before settling for a brand name. Like Facebook being originally named “The Facebook.” We can only be grateful that “Twitter” was chosen as the winning name at last, cos “Twttr”? Nah.
2. Their Logo Is Named Larry
Yeah. That bird you see all the time on Twitter was named after legendary Boston Celtics player, Larry Bird.
3. Record Breaking Number Of Tweets
Twitter users needed only 3 years, 2 months and a day to reach 1 billion tweets. These days, it’s a billion tweets per week.
4. Most Popular On Twitter
The most popular brand on Twitter is YouTube with more than 50 million followers. The most popular individual on Twitter is Katy Perry with more than 69 million followers on the platform.
5. First To A Million Followers
It was a serious battle for the honor of being the very first Twitter user to reach one million followers on the social media site. It involved Ashton Kutcher and CNN but the former emerged winner.
6. More Followers Than Populations
Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Justin Beiber and Katy Perry actually have more Twitter followers than the population of Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, and Egypt put together.
7. Some Household Names Are Not On It
You might be shocked to know but popular stars like Michael Jordon, Derek Jeter, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, and Jennifer Lawrence are nowhere to be found on Twitter.
8. From SMS To Tweets
Twitter was formerly an SMS service and that is why there are 140 characters involved to start with. Someone on the team must’ve realized that social media was the way to go.
9. Politicians Fancy It
3 out of every 4 presidents is on Twitter. This was not the case years back when politicians were rarely seen on the platform.
10. Vines Are Key
If Vines were not as popular as they are right now, Twitter’s content would be smaller definitely. More than 4 Vines actually get uploaded per second.
11. Twitter Works In Space
January 22, 2010, was the date when T.J. Creamer, a NASA astronaut shared a tweet from the international space station. It was the very first off-Earth tweet.
12. Twitter Works In The Bottom Of The Sea
March 2012 was the date when James Cameron went down to Marina Trench, which is the deepest point of the ocean and put out a tweet. It was a via a decent network surely.
13. Women On Twitter
Women actually rule Twitter. They are the majority on the platform.
14. There Are Twitter Users That Have Never Tweeted
This is real. We all know there are lots of fake and unverified accounts on the website and 21 percent of those accounts have never put out one tweet.
15. Old People Rock It As Well
In case you didn’t know, the demographic growing at the most rapid rate is between the ages of 55 to 64. Wow.
16. Too Many Tweets
On average, there are 400 million tweets daily and its 300 billion tweets down the drain since Twitter began to exist.
17. Tweet Increase
Twitter usage multiplied three times during the South-Southwest festival 12 years ago. It moved from 20,000 to 60,000 tweets on a daily basis.
18. The Country With The Highest Twitter Accounts
It is China. There are more than 35 million citizens using this platform in that part of the world
19. Twitter Is Banned In Turkey
More than twelve countries in the world have banned or reduced the materials been shown on the platform. Turkey joined that list recently.
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20. The Hashtag Was Not Invented By Twitter
Hashtags were used to categorize contents in 1988. In 2007, bloggers raised suggestions that hashtags was a massive way to group tweets and it instantly became a thing.
There you have it – a comprehensive list of 20 fascinating facts about Twitter. If you have knowledge od other interesting facts about Twitter not mentioned in this article, feel free to share them in the comment section below.